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Working from the Inside Out

Working from the Inside Out | Digital Awareness | Scoop.it
Corporations increasingly offer meditation and mindfulness training to nurture innovation and leadership as well as to combat stress. What do they know that you don't?

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EQRocks's curator insight, March 2, 2013 8:08 PM

"Apple Computer, Target, Deutsche Bank, Raytheon, Reebok, Hughes Aircraft, Starbucks, Xerox, IBM and Aetna International are among 44 major corporations adopting some measure of mindfulness practice."


“Those who embody mindful leadership are most likely to make the choices that are a win, win, win—good for the employees, good for the organization, good for society.”


Mindfulness = EQ, and EQRocks!! 

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Mindfulness Can Improve Your Attention and Health | Scientific American

Mindfulness Can Improve Your Attention and Health | Scientific American | Digital Awareness | Scoop.it

"The opposite of a wandering mind is a mindful one. Mindfulness is a mental mode of being engaged in the present moment without evaluating or emotionally reacting to it. Hundreds of articles lay out evidence showing that training to become more mindful reduces psychological stress and improves both mental and physical health, alleviating depression, anxiety, loneliness and chronic pain...Mindfulness training works, at least in part, by strengthening the brain's ability to pay attention."


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Eileen Cardillo's curator insight, March 1, 2013 11:42 AM

University of Miami cognitive neuroscientist Amishi Jha reviews the evidence for the beneficial effects of mindfulness training and the importance of attention regulation in mediating those effects. It's a great overview of some of the key studies so far, including some very recent and compelling research.

 

My only quibble is with her assertion that these effects are *specific* to mindfulness training. For example, she writes, "mindfulness training uniquely builds the ability to direct attention at will through the sea of internal and external stimulation while also allowing for greater awareness of what is happening in the moment." We don't actually know that yet. We have insufficient data to so decisively reject the notion that other contemplative practices might not have similar effects - comparative studies are woefully lacking at this point.

 

Similarly, she writes, "Many sages, beginning with Buddha Siddhartha Gautama, have advocated repeated engagement in these forms of meditation as a route to increasing mindfulness in daily life." The Buddha certainly packaged mindfulness training in a novel religious and psychological framework, but I would not go so far as to claim that mindfulness training *began* with this historical figure. One of the most interesting questions for contemplative science to address in the future concerns which mechanisms, if any, are truly unique to Buddhist-inspired mindfulness practices. The jury is still out. 

Online Therapist's curator insight, February 24, 7:45 PM

Mindfulness training helps us develop more general awareness and more acuity of awareness.